North Charleston approves a citizen committee on policing

North Charleston approves a citizen committee on policing

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - In an effort to improve the relationship between police and citizens, North Charleston will create a 25-person Citizens' Advisory Commission on Community/Police Relations.

City Council unanimously approved the creation of the board at its meeting on Thursday night.

The board will advise and make recommendations to the North Charleston Police Department.

Part of its mission is to "promote transparency with residents and the NCPD on matters concerning but not limited to, public safety, procedural justice, use of force and biased policing."

Each City Council member will select two people from their district to serve on the commission.

Also, the mayor will select one person and the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce will select one person.

Principals from three area high schools will be asked to select a student to serve on the board, too.

One citizen who spoke during the council meeting said the selection process is faulty.

Rev. Nelson Rivers of the National Action Network said City Council members may choose commission members who represent their own interests.

"The process cannot end right, because it didn't start right," he said.

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